5 BEST THINGS ABOUT BEING COELIAC
2. NO ‘BAND AID’ DRUGS
For many conditions there are drug treatments available. For coeliac, at least at present, there are none.
Why is this good?
I have read extensively about the pharmaceutical and medical industry including the processes that lead to the market release of new drugs and the practices that influence drug prescription. If you have not but have interest, I do recommend getting started with Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre. I have the opinion that whilst drugs can be essential or enormously helpful they also present many dilemmas of their own including side effects, questionable effectiveness, high cost and dependency. Worse, drugs often address only the symptom of a condition and not the cause and thus allow poor lifestyle choices to continue and quite possibly lead to further issues and the need for more drugs.
I therefore do not have the dilemma of evaluating the pros and cons of taking a drug or drugs for life. Instead my only treatment is to follow a life-long gluten-free diet and this treatment addresses the root cause of my disease, not the symptoms. Of course the gluten-free diet can be a gluten-free junk food diet or a gluten-free whole foods diet and anything in between. This is also within my control though.